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Touchstone Energy Classroom Grants

School districts in the Great Lakes Energy service area that serve children of GLE members can receive a grant of up to $2,000 to fund innovative programs, particularly those involving technology or equipment that enrich students’ education. Preference will be given to projects that involve technology, equipment or materials that can be used more than once and are innovative. The project does not have to involve the study of electricity.

Teachers and administrators of public or private K-12 schools may apply. Multiple projects within the same school district can be combined to a total of $2,000 per year. We reserve the right to take photos of the winners and they may be printed in Michigan Country Lines, our member magazine, and/or appear on our website or in other electronic media.

An impartial panel of judges will review the grant applications. Preference will be given to projects and programs involving use of technology or tangible equipment that enhance learning and are not currently being funded through the school’s budget.

How to apply
The application process is now open for the 2017-2018 school year. Download grant information and an application here.

Have questions after reviewing the grant information?

Please contact Linda Kotzian at, or 888-485-2537, ext. 8174.

Grants awarded for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Allegan Public Schools (North Ward Elementary and Dawson Elementary), $1,885.00 for Osmo iPad educational game package
  • Boyne City Elementary, $253.60 for Waves & Sound scientific lab stations
  • Daisy Brook Elementary, Fremont, $1,925.47 for Dot & Dash robot program and Kindle Fires
  • Grant Christian School, $2,000.00 for tablets with programs to enhance language, math and science skills
  • Kalkaska Middle School, $1,999.65 for Kindles and e-books to create a digital library
  • Morley Stanwood Elementary, $1,973.90 for robotics and coding materials
  • Newaygo Middle School, $2,000.00 for technology tools used in scientific data collection, analysis and visualization
  • Page Elementary, Middleville, $2,000.00 for creation of a Makerspace in the classroom
  • Pentwater Public Schools, $1,953.00 for a MiniOne™ System to be used in a hands-on DNA biotechnology process
  • Petoskey High School, $479.00 for an iPad Air and Plickers app to better assess students’ comprehension levels
  • St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord, $2,000.00 for a SMARTBoard and projector
  • St Mary School, Big Rapids, $1,900.00 for a 3-D printer and printing cartridges to produce prosthetic hands for children
  • West Shore Educational Service District, Ludington, $1,897.23 for iPads and apps to help non-verbal students communicate